A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.Walk in Nature: Good for Brain, Good for Spirit
[T]he volunteers who had strolled along the quiet, tree-lined paths showed slight but meaningful improvements in their mental health, according to their scores on the questionnaire. They were not dwelling on the negative aspects of their lives as much as they had been before the walk.How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain
Intuitively we knew that nature was good for us as humans, but the results were beyond brilliantBBC Earth – How nature is good for our health and happiness
Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortalityHow Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?
[One] study found people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural environment showed reduced neural activity in a part of the brain linked to risk for mental illness compared to those who walked in an urban environment.What Happens to Your Body When You Spend Time in Nature